There's a fair amount of commentary about grocery store etiquette. There's even a book about it.
But I want to focus on one particular area that I have not seen discussed as much. What about comments by other shoppers about the food that you're buying? This issue was somewhat addressed on an episode of What Would You Do? Take a look at the grocery store bullying here. By the way, I'm a huge fan of John Quiñones!
Recently, I had a little encounter at the Stop & Shop in Quincy. Nothing like the one from the series, but it made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I've been told that I have the exact opposite of a poker face. You can read me like an ingredient label. I'm sure that the other person realized my dilemma.
So, I was unloading my shopping cart. The woman in front of me had already put all her food on the conveyor belt. She very nicely handed me the divider, so our items wouldn't get mixed up. She noticed that we had the same flavor frozen pizza. I had Newman's Own Thin & Crispy White Pizza with Spinach. It's really good! Here's a link to some coupons if you want to try it.
The woman had another brand, which I had tried before and did NOT like at all. She commented about her pizza and said that I should try it, because it's really good. I was thinking,"How can you eat that? It's horrible! I'll never buy that again!" I wasn't going to say that to her face. So instead, I said, "Oh. Um. Newman's Own is really good and it's on sale."
My face must have looked like a deer in headlights. Then she said, "I was only commenting, because I noticed we had the same flavor." I think her feelings were hurt and I felt really bad.
In the words of the wise, entertaining, and rather handsome John Quiñones, "What would you do?"
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